Karachi: Pakistan pace legend and former captain Wasim Akram wants to play a role in helping the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) resolve, what he calls a "crisis" in the fast bowling department.

Wasim said he was willing to not only help the PCB in any venture but would also launch his own talent hunt scheme to unearth raw pace talent and then groom them in a specialized camp in April.

"I want to see Pakistan at the top of the cricket world and the recent performance in the Test series in South Africa has been very disappointing for me. I strongly believe we can still find exciting new pace talent in the country," Wasim said.

A debate has been raging in Pakistan cricket after chief selector Iqbal Qasim last week warned that the country could face a pace bowling crisis.

But Wasim, who dominated Pakistan cricket in the 90s and until his retirement in 2003 in both the Test and one-day formats taking 414 and 502 wickets respectively, said the situation could be rectified.

"Pakistan has always produced exciting and raw pace talent from nowhere and I am pretty sure I can find 10 to 12 such bowlers in the country after a proper hunt," he said.

"In whatever way whether individually or by helping the board I am confident the pace crisis can be overcome." Wasim said he would hold a two-week training camp for pacers in April.

Pakistan has always had a proud history of producing world-class pace bowlers including Fazal Mehmood, Sarfraz Nawaz, Imran Khan, Wasim, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar and more recently Mohammad Asif but have in recent years struggled in this department specially on the ongoing tour of South Africa.

Even Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has expressed concern over the absence of pacers in the team who are keen to bowl with the new ball.


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